Laundry History in a nutshell

Guess what is one of the most USEFUL machines in today’s innovative era? YES! You are right. It’s Washing Machine.It is not just useful, but it is the commonest domestic appliance to be found in households all over the world. 

Before the invention of laundry detergent, clothes were being washed with a lot of slapping against the rock, stomping on the clothes, and hard twisting each with bare hands. You should know already that as cell phones have their own layer by layer history, it is the same with washing machines. It became a necessity for the reason that we people are so busy already. We either don’t have time for our laundry, or our own office uniforms just can’t be left unwashed even for a day.

It’s been in history already that laundering were ones primarily delegated to men, that is how physically demanding the chore is. Furthermore, in Ancient Rome, the job of laundering was a duty done by men called fullones who took care of the used clothing of practically their whole city. In terms of the history of laundry, this was the beginning of the communal nature of laundry.

Washing from the river

Even now, washing clothes in the river is still being done by some people. It is still considered a normal way of doing laundry, well that’s to the less-developed parts of the world. Again, as in Ancient Rome, laundry was a man’s job and here is the process: They were first done in tubs or vats, where they were stamped back and forth. They then hung them out to dry – they were even allowed to be placed in the street before the doors of the fullonica. After that very process, the wool was bruised and carded to raise the nap. Sometimes they do it with the skin of a hedgehog or with some plants of the thistle kind. The clothes were then hung on a special basket called viminea cavea, under which sulphur was placed in order to whiten the cloth. A fine white earth that is called cimolian by Pliny was then rubbed into the cloth to increase its whiteness.
It’s a long process indeed, but they cleverly used what available sources they had before.


Walkthrough on the first washing machines.

An American James King patented the first washing machine to use a drum in 1851. The Drum made King’s machine resemble our very modern machine. The only thing less of it is it was still hand powered. But before that, in 1797, he invented the scrub board machine.

In 1858, Hamilton Smith patented the rotary washing machine. Then by 1874, William Blackstone of Indiana built a birthday present for his wife. I was a machine which removed and washed away dirt from clothes. They were the first washing machines designed for convenient use in the home.

Turning back to the 70s, the first washing machine was designed by H. Sidgier of Great Britain in 1782. It consisted of a cage with wooden rods and a handle for turning. With this design, different companies started producing hand operated machines that involved paddles or dollies. 

The earliest manual washing machines however imitated the motion of the human hand on the washboard with a lever to move one curved surface over another and robbing clothes between two ribbed surfaces. This type of washer was first patented in the United States in 1846 and survived as late as 1927 in the Montgomery Ward catalogue. 

The first electric clothes washers, in which a motor rotated the tub, were introduced into America about 1900. Since we know that technology before was not advanced, the motor was not protected beneath the machine and water often dripped into it causing short circuits and jolting shocks. Then by the year 1911, obviously more innovative parts became available so there are the oscillating, cylinder, domestic washing machines with sheet metal tubs mounted on angle-iron frames with perforated metal or wooden slat cylinders inside.

The first company to produce an agitator washing machine was the Beatty Brothers of Fergus Ontario. The Beatty machines had ribbed copper tubs which were nickel or nickel-chromium plated. The first firm to adopt agitator technology was Maytag and that was in the US. The vertical orientation of these machines became the industry standard replacing the horizontal rotating axis of earlier machines.

The white enamelled sheet metal replaced the copper tub and angle-iron legs, starting in the 1920s. Then enamelled steel was used and sold as being more sanitary, easier to clean and longer lasting than the other finishes by the early 1940s. The sheet-metal skirt was also designed to extend below the level of the motor mount.

Then a number of Canadian machines were offered with built-in gas or electric water heaters in the early 1920s. Then by the 1930s, domestic water heaters were in many homes and the washing machine heater was of little use. The addition of a motor-driven drain pump at this time moved the machine one step closer to complete automaticity.

Many American manufacturers were supplying machines with a spin-dry feature to replace the wringer which removed buttons, and caused accidents involving hair and hands, by the early 1950s. In 1957, GE introduced a washing machine equipped with 5 push buttons to control wash temperature, rinse temperature, agitation speed and spin speed.


The Modern Washing Machine.

Now the biggest area of change in washing machine function is in economy savings. That’s why if you are looking for a modern washing machine, it should be an energy saving and eco cycle that is perfect for washing your cotton, synthetic and jeans.


But hey! Do you really need to personally take care of your LONG Laundry Process? When is the best time to do the laundry? What are the options you have?

We wear clothes everyday and at the end of the day the pile of dirty clothes just keep on piling up,

Laundry services do not just keep you away from washing your clothes, but it is your ultimate solution to save money. With this service, it saves your time to do other things as well. You’ll also no longer have to spend on the cleaning products (and be prone to them knowing they are poisonous to humans). Think of the washing machines and their maintenance from the start!

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